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First Look at Inventing Anna, new Shondaland for Netflix series!

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Here’s a first look at Inventing Anna, the new Shondaland series which will be released on February 11, 2022 only on Netflix. 

The 10-episodes hour-long series is created by Shonda Rhimes and executive produced by Betsy Beers.

Regular cast includes Anna Chlumsky (Veep – Vice President incompetent) as journalist Vivian, Julia Garner (Ozark, Dirty John) as Anna Delvey, which gives the name to the series, while Katie Lowes (Scandal) is Rachel, a follower of Anna’s, who’s willing to do anything; Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) plays Kacy Duke, a celebrity manager and life coach sucked into Anna’s whirlwind, and Alexis Floyd (The Bold Type) as Neff, an aspiring director.


Inventing Anna deals with the story of Vivian, a journalist who investigates the case of Anna Delvey, legendary German heir to Instagram. Besides stealing the New York social scene protagonists’ hearts, also steals their money. Is Anna the biggest con artist in New York, or is she just the new portrait of the American dream? Pending her trial, the heir forms a dark and amusing bond of love and hate with Vivian. She challenges time to solve the greatest mystery that plagues New York: who is Anna Delvey? 

The series is inspired by the article by Jessica Pressler, who’s also producer of the show, How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People, published in the New York Magazine.

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“A big thing for me was the accent. If I didn’t have the accent down, then I wouldn’t have a lot of the character down,” Garner explains in a new behind the scenes clip released by Netflix.

Anna Delvey doesn’t plan to watch the Netflix miniseries based on her crimes ‘anytime soon’

Anna Sorokin, the convicted con artist who pretended to be a German heiress to swindle banks, hotels, and wealthy acquaintances under the pseudonym Anna Delvey, said she will not be tuning in to Inventing Anna, the upcoming Netflix miniseries based on her crimes.

Between 2013 and 2017, Sorokin scammed New York’s socialite scene as a fraudulent German heiress. She claimed to Manhattan’s unassuming art and business circles that she had a $60 million trust fund to enjoy lavish trips, hotel stays, and restaurant visits while evading the bill.

Sorokin was convicted of eight felony charges in 2019 and sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution. Six weeks after her early release in February 2021 for good behavior, Sorokin was re-arrested by ICE for overstaying her visa. She has remained in custody since.

In an essay penned for Insider published Wednesday, Sorokin decried her ICE detainment and shared her thoughts about the upcoming Inventing Anna.

“While the world is pondering Julia Garner’s take on my accent in Inventing Anna, a Netflix show about me, the real me sits in a cell in Orange County’s jail in upstate New York. in quarantine isolation. Sorokin wrote. Later she claimed that her visa overstay was “unintentional and largely out of my control.”

Commiserating that she “did not break a single one of New York state’s or ICE’s parole rules” but has “yet to be given a clear and fair path to compliance. Sorokin wrote, “No — it doesn’t look like I’ll be watching Inventing Anna anytime soon. Even if I were to pull some strings and make it happen, nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum setting sounds appealing to me.”

“For a long while, I was hoping that by the time Inventing Anna came out, I would’ve moved on with my life,” she continued. “I imagined for the show to be a conclusion of sorts summing up and closing of a long chapter that had come to an end.”

She also questioned the approach of the series; namely, telling her story “from a journalist’s perspective.” (Garner has previously said that she visited Sorokin in prison while preparing for the series.)

“Nearly four years in the making and hours of phone conversations and visits later, the show is based on my story and told from a journalist’s perspective. And while I’m curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided. I can’t help but feel like an afterthought. the somber irony of being confined to a cell at yet another horrid correctional facility lost between the lines, the history repeating itself.”

Anna Sorokin

Sorokin concluded her essay with several rhetorical questions: “Will I forever be judged by my early-to-mid 20s?;” “Will I forever be stuck in a past not entirely of my creation without getting a chance to move on?;” “How many ancient VHS tapes does one have to watch before one’s considered reformed?”

“I wish there was a camera there because that was like a movie itself, in a way,” Garner said about when she visited Sorokin in prison, adding that the experience was “super meta and was such an out-of-body experience.” 

Shonda Rhimes Reveals What Drew Her Back to Writing for ‘Inventing Anna’

“I was running on a treadmill when I read the article in New York Magazine about Anna Delvey, and I remember literally jumping off of the treadmill and calling my office. I really felt like I hadn’t felt that excitement of a story that I wanted to tell and knew exactly how I wanted to tell it in a really long time.

Shonda Rhimes
There is something about this idea of somebody that age, a young woman building her way through the brawl that we can all relate to.

She is a villain’s villain, if you know what I mean. You can’t help but admire her, she’s fascinating. And also you can’t help but be taken by her. I was fascinated by the fact that people were so eager to believe what she had to say without questioning it and how you make your way in the world. If you think about the fact that most of us reinvent ourselves when we go to college or you reinvent yourself when you go to high school or out in the business world, that’s what Anna was doing, only she just did it better than almost anybody else I’ve ever seen.

I started off feeling that Anna was going to be somebody that I had some disdain for. And what ended up happening is the more research I did, the more I read about her, the more I read her writings, the more I got to know Anna through the eyes of the other people, the more I could stand in her shoes a little bit and understand her as a person and try to build empathy for her. I mean there is no character that I have ever written that I don’t have empathy for, but I also grew to admire her a lot in a way that I just didn’t expect.”

Shonda Rhimes

What kind of research did you do for the series? 

All we had to work from, when we started, was this article. And luckily, I had Jessica Pressler, the journalist, onboard to talk to, and she’s a treasure trove of information. I had an amazing video interview of Anna from prison that Jessica gave me. But we also had the wonderful advantage of getting to talk to a lot of the real people involved in the story. That allowed us to really get a true picture and to get our questions answered. And by the way, this was a show that we were writing as it was unfolding. I remember we sat in the writer’s room together, all of the writers while one of our writers was in New York at the trial, staring at our phone for text updates as he was telling us what was unfolding so that we could finish the show.

Shonda Rhimes

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